Belgium duo in line to face each other in the capital this weekend, fitness permitting.
Manchester City cannot afford to be without influential skipper Vincent Kompany for Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Premier League showdown with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge according to the centre back’s compatriot and Blues playmaker Eden Hazard on SkySports.com.
The highly rated Belgium international is rated as touch and go for the mega-rich Premier League outfit’s trip to west London for the live TV game on Sunday afternoon after suffering yet another groin injury in City’s 3-1 top-flight win over Everton at Eastlands earlier this month.
And Chelsea midfield player Hazard believes that Kompany’s ability to recover in time to take his usual place in the heart of the visitors’ back four in the capital this weekend will play a large part in determining whether Manuel Pellegrini’s side can get the better of their opponents or not.
“Kompany is really important for City because when he plays they win and when he doesn’t play they lose, often,” said Hazard.
“We know his quality and we’re lucky to have him in the Belgium team. I prefer to play with players like that than against them.”
Kompany has been available for just the six matches in total in all competitions so far for City since the start of the new season, four of which have come in the Premier League.
And City go into the showdown currently in fourth place in the Premier League standings, just a point behind Jose Mourinho’s side who are in second position, just two point off leaders Arsenal after eight matches of the campaign.